People in many places, including the former Soviet space, are worried about Trump’s course because they have seen it all before, Khzmalyan suggests. “Having lost America as a guarantor of democracy and freedom, the world again will be in the undefined and explosive situation of the beginning of the 20th century which ended with World War I.”
That war which destroyed many things and threatened to destroy even more was stopped by the intervention of the United States. That intervention made the US a great power. And it defined the American approach to the world in which the defense of freedom and democracy was a primary goal.
Trump has made clear that he wants to do away with that “mission,” something that will undermine the chances for peace and democracy abroad and progress at home whatever the supporters of the American president think, the commentator says, arguing that the experience of the Soviet Union is again instructive.
“The chief cause of the collapse of the USSR,” he says, was the emergence of a situation when “the majority of the population ceased to believe in its mission and dream, however chimerical, about the construction of a society of freedom, equality and brotherhood.” And “this happened long before 1991.”